Monday, March 2, 2015

Leonard Nimoy A tribute

I remember the first time I saw this scene, I was 22 years old, my own father had died only eight years before and I was still dealing with the sense of loss.

It is hard to believe now when I am nearly 55 that Leonard Nimoy has left this world.

As a young adult and even as I grew older, I had a strong sense of identity with Spock, I always felt to be an outcast to some degree. and like Spock, I did everything to avoid becoming the Captain of my life.

Yet, Leonard Nimoy was so much more than this one character, he had done a wide array of work, before and after STAR TREK.

One of the most interesting moments of his early career was guest starring with Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink) David McCallum and William Shatner in The Man From Uncle.  It was interesting seeing Nimoy playing a villain and opposite  Shatner.

It was interesting seeing Nimoy play a lackey in part and Werner Klemperer play a straight dramatic part in this episode of Man From Uncle which came out in 1964.

Nimoy also did comedy, or would you believe...

Nimoy played it straight as a Kaos agent, proving his ability to stay in character when Don Adams was making wise.  Nimoy's character was almost Asian in his appearance with the dark glasses in this episode, as a matter of fact you never see him without the sunglasses.

Leonard Nimoy was an actor who did so much in film and television I could go on forever with references.

I will remember him and miss his ability to make me think and occasionally laugh.

What were some of your favorite Leonard Nimoy moments, what characters do you remember him as?

No better ending than these words spoken by Leonard Nimoy himself. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MOndays' Music Moves You. The Music of Ingrid Mickelson.

For the past several weeks, or has it been longer I have been hearing a song at work that had me very upset.

In part because I could only hear part of it, and what I heard annoyed me,  Well this morning, I was able to see the words of this song and it blew me away.

So much so, I decided to see what other music this person had done.  So without any further delay here is the music of Ingrid Mickelson, starting with Afterlife.

This next song, her official video is dedicated to the recovery of cancer, this is another lyrics video so you can appreciate the song in its entirety.

Perception is everything

A fun song to end with

Hope you enjoyed these samples of the music of Ingrid Mickelson.  By the way I dedicate this page to my wife, my step daughter and my mother in law.

Thursday, December 25, 2014


The Game was David Tennants' second journey into the world of Spies, two ycars  ago he was in the BBC America series "Spies of Poland".

While "Spies of Poland" was set in the period just before World War Two, while "The Game" was set up in the 1970s' during the Cold War.  This time Tennant was a spy with Mi-5 who had been assigned to a mission in Russia, which went terribly wrong.  He had fallen in love with a Russian woman who had died and managed to get back to England.

He is caught up in a plot where a Soviet agent who is defecting tells of a plot that could destroy England, but how is uncertain.

The plot is exciting at first, and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the midway point in episode 5 and all of Episode 6.

In the final Episode and a half you are feeling betrayed and annoyed by the whole story line.

Perhaps this was what was intended, but it seems to be a total cop out in the overall story.

Out of 5 stars The Game gets 1 and a third and David Tennant gets 5.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

mondays music a very mery christmas

Merry Cristmas from the man cave.  I love all forms of Christmas music, so for my Christmas week celebration I am sharing some of my favorite music by some very different artists,

We start off with two songs by Neil Diamond.  Until this year I dif not even know Neil Diamond had done a Christmas  special much less a Christnas  album,  Enjoy.

next up another favorite duet and favorite singers.  Sadly this was their only duet,  David Bowie and Bing Crosby
A quartet this time
The singing is in English, the dialogue German.  Still good clip.

Do you remember when the Muppets and John Denver sang together

A special ending

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two generations and a fitting conclusion

As many of you know, I have always been a fan of the Original STAR TREK, it set the standard for many in the television and film industry and many of us grew up wishing we could have been part of this epic series that ended in May of 1970.

In the past several years, two fan based series have come about to continue and complete the original 5 year mission of theh Starship Enterprise.  One of the most recent is simply titled STAR TREK Continues.

This series began with a bang.  Its' first episode "Pilgrim of Eternity" picks up where "Who Moarns for Adonais" a second season episode where the crew of the Enterprise encounters the God Apollo.

In this episode a young Michael Forest plays the God Apollo and offers the crew of the Enterprise paradise if they simply will bow down to hum and placate his needs.

There was no real exploration of the character of Apollo, correction the God Apollo in any real depth, very few refrences to who he was and his abilities were made, he was more a simple character to play off the dramatic tale,

This for most cases was how Trek and other dramatic series of the day were written.

Jump to 2013 and STAR TREK Continues pilot episode  "Pilgrim of Eternity"  2 years have passed since the Enterprises original encounter with Apollo.

Yet Apollo has aged nearly 50 years and is claiming he has changed, that he and the other Greek Gods had gone to the realm and this was to be where they were to rest in peace for all eternity.  But this is not the case, the realm has become an entity that drains the powers of the Gods to survive.

Apollo truely is alone, the last of the Olympian Gods and all he wants is to live in peace as a mortal among humans.

Kirk and especially Scotty find it hard to accept this.  But this time instead of Apollo putting the crew of the Enterprise at risk, we get to understand who  this God was, is.  He is given the chance to tell his tale, to sing and recite poetry and do something he is less known for, to heal.

By the time we get to the end of Pilgrim... we have a deeper understanding of the God Apollo and  a deeper understanding of the principles of the Enterprise.

Michael Forest is able to  come back and play this part in a fresh manner.

This truly is a well crafted story that gives great empathy to the God Apollo and gives us a new generation taking us to where No Man has Gone Before, again with the spirit of the original series.

May STAR TREK Continues Live long and Prosper.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mondays Music some special Holiday memories

Christmas was always a special time for me, but for several  years it was very empty, until six year when my woderful wife Naila Moon entered my life.  

Some of my memories include when my mom and I went to Hawaii to visit my Aunt Caroline and her Son David and her husband David.  This was in 1975 and it was a very special time.  My dad had died the year before and this was the first time we had visited my Aunt and her family.

This Christmas was special because I was introduced to a Hawaiian rock band featuring my uncle Davids' son.  The band Klapano and here is one of their songs from all those tears ago

One of my earlier memories was when my mom and dad and my brother Geoff had Cristmas in Denver around a living Christmas tree,

This was a  song off of one of my christmas presents that year,  Back when I liked this group.

In 1973 my brother Geoff got married on Christmas day, we were in California for this event,  
In 1985 we spent Christmas in Disney land in California, my mom, me my brother, his step daughter and wife.

a favorite song from one of my favorite holiday specials

In 2008 i wed my wonderful wife, in 2009 i went Missouri and found out what a big family Christmas was all about.
So these are some of my memories and the music that has been special to me this time of year.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday no matter your celebration,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GRACEPOINT a 10 part mini series that will have you on the edge of your seat

Eight weeks ago a mini series titled Gracepoint began,  This series is reminiscent of Twin Peaks a series that ran in the mid 1980'w and starred Kyle McLaughlan.een 

Gracepoint is a community near San Francisco where Danny Solano, a young boy is found dead on a beach, Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant , The Doctor), is brought in to lead the investigation,

As the mini series progressed various peoples lives are exposed as flawed from Jack Reinhold (Nick Nolte) to the skeletons in Detective Carvers' closet are revealed.

The episodes are intense and keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you gasping and wondering what will happen next.

If you haven't seen the series yet, you can still catch up if you have Xfinity/Comcast you can see the episodes on demand.

This is a chance to see David Tennant in a very different role from the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO, Tennant has a beard and a very convincing American accent.

David Tennant formerly THE DOCTOR

David Tennant and Nick Nolte